Do Churches Die?

From time to time I receive free books. The  sending party is not really looking for me to do a formal review or report, I expect they want me to read it, so I do. Sometimes these books are good and sometimes I put the book down hoping no one will take it seriously.

DeceasedChurchOver the weekend I received a copy of Thom Rainer’s book, “Autopsy of a Deceased Church“.

I am one of those people who do make a first judgment of a book by it’s cover. I read the book cover (front and back) before cracking the book spine and make way to one of my favorite parts of any book, the table of contents. I usually read the chapter titles out loud to anyone in the same room with me. So, Renee has just endured  me reading the chapter titles.

This book is broken up into two parts. Part One: the Autopsy. Part Two: Twelve Responses

With all due respect, I’ll start the introduction before bed time and depending how that goes will determine what time I turn the light off. I’ll keep you updated.

If you’ve read this book already, feel free to share your opinion with me below. I’ll try to be kind in my review while at the same time I expect to be challenged and encouraged.

Let the reading begin…


  • Rodger

    November 30, 2014 at 9:44 PM Reply

    The answer to your question is: Yes, most definitely. While the church of Jesus Christ will prevail as He promised, and the people who are the church will/can continue to live in community, individual church bodies cease to exist.

    • Paul

      November 30, 2014 at 9:53 PM Reply

      thanks Rodger. I agree with your conclusion. Have you read this book by Rainer?

  • Rodger

    December 1, 2014 at 5:16 PM Reply

    Yes I read the book and then went over it chapter by chapter with the leadership team in the church where I was transitional pastor. They could see the resemblance in their church, but they refused to do anything about it. They will most likely end up on the autopsy table in a few years.

  • Rodger

    December 1, 2014 at 5:17 PM Reply

    It is a book written from the leftovers of his more popular book, “Breakout Churches” which is a much more hopeful read.

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